William Krisel

William Krisel

His passing in 2017 was a great loss to the world of architecture, and all those who knew and admired his lifetime of achievements.  Those of us that live in the Twin Palms neighborhood were saddened by his passing but rejoice that our lives continue to be enriched by the legacy he left our neighborhood.

To honor Mr. Krisel and say thank you for creating the blueprint for our neighborhood, one of our members wrote a Tribute to Mr. Krisel.  This 1-page Tribute highlights some of the key achievements of his professional career, but a full recounting would take several volumes to begin to do justice to an extraordinary career.

What a Difference a Decade Makes

Over the past 10 years, many William Krisel designed homes in Twin Palms have undergone extensive renovations.  Of these, most of the exteriors now look much as they did when the first owners moved into the neighborhood in 1957.  In a few cases, Mr. Krisel lent his expertise and access to his extensive architectural records to advise on the restorations.   For example, his archives include the original exterior house colors.  He even designed new landscapes for a few lucky homeowners.

Mr. Krisel was very pleased that his homes in Twin Palms were being so respectfully preserved for future generations to see and enjoy.

William Krisel’s Twin Palms Exhibit Sponsorship Program

The Twin Palms Neighborhood Organization has launched a museum quality exhibit in honor of William Krisel for his contributions to the architecture of our Twin Palms neighborhood in Palm Springs, California. To help underwrite the cost of development, construction, exhibition and preservation of the Exhibit, TPNO has established a Sponsorship Program.


NUSA Conference Features William Krisel’s Twin Palms Exhibit

From May 15th through May 18, 2019, Palm Springs hosted the annual Neighborhoods, USA (NUSA) national conference for the first time in NUSA’s 44 year history. NUSA is the National association of neighborhood organizations and the city staffs that serve them. Nearly 700 delegates representing 29 states plus Washington DC convened to share best practices for building community and assuring productive relations between neighborhoods and city governments.

Twin Palms had the most visible presence of any Palm Spring neighborhood with its 10-table William Krisel’s Twin Palms exhibit.

William Krisel’s Twin Palms Exhibited at Convention Center

On April 14 and 15, the 2019 “Preservation Matters” conference was held in the Palm Springs Convention Center.


Neighborhood USA Leadership Explore the Krisel Twin Palms Exhibit

Members of the Neighborhoods USA leadership toured the William Krisel’s Twin Palms Exhibit at the Palm Springs Public Library during their October 2018 planning visit to prepare for their National Conference to be held in Palm Springs during May 2019.


William Krisel’s Twin Palms Exhibit at the Palm Springs Public Library

The Palm Springs Public Library is hosting the William Krisel’s Twin Palm Exhibit from October 22, 2018 through November 24, 2018 in the main reading room.


William Krisel Street Dedication.

Dedication Brochure

The Twin Palms Neighborhood Organization lead the way in 2016 to renaming a gateway street into Twin Palms in honor of Mr. Krisel.

Pictures of Dedication Ceremony

Included in this photo gallery are some of the people who participated in the Street Dedication Ceremony and the over 200 attendees.

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William Krisel Video

While last minute health issues prevented Mr. Krisel from attending the Dedication, he did record a video acceptance speech that was shown at the ceremony.

City of Palm Springs Proclamation

February 16, 2016 was proclaimed William Krisel Day in the City of Palm Springs on the occasion of the naming William Krisel Way in his honor.

Media Coverage

Extensive coverage of the street Dedication Ceremony was included in local and national print and other media outlets.


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Involvement with Twin Palms.

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